In order to take Mechanical Engineering (ME EN) courses and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program and accepted to either Intermediate or Full Major Status. Students must maintain a cumulative University of Utah GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the Mechanical Engineering program. In addition, students must earn a C- or better in major courses, with only one repeat allowed per course.
To be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program, students admitted to the University of Utah as freshmen must complete an application and be accepted to Intermediate Status. Admission is based on a collection of factors that may include high school GPA, standardized test scores, AP credit, concurrent enrollment credit, post-secondary coursework, and a personal statement. Once accepted to Intermediate Status, students may take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2500 and 2660 (all pre/co-requisites must also be satisfied). Incoming freshman who are highly qualified may be accepted directly to Full Major Status.
Application deadlines and decision dates are shown below.
Placement into MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status. Students not eligible to enroll in MATH 1210/1310 in the fall of the upcoming academic year must wait until the following year to apply for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.
To be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program, students who are admitted to the University of Utah as transfer students must complete a transfer application and be accepted to Intermediate or Full Major Status, as appropriate.
Admission is based on overall transfer GPA as well as other relevant information (for example, grades in post-secondary technical courses and a personal statement). While a specific GPA will not guarantee admission to the program, in the absence of other information, transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 3.0 to be considered.
Application deadlines and decision dates are shown below.
- ME Admission Application
- University of Utah Undergraduate Admissions
- University of Utah Transfer Center
- Getting Ready Transfer Guides (for students transferring from Utah schools)
- ME Transfer Course Articulation Table (for students transferring from Utah schools)
- University College Advising
- New Student Orientation
Any student who indicates Mechanical Engineering as a choice of major on the University of Utah’s Application for Admission will be given Pre-Mechanical Engineering Status upon admission to the University. Pre-Mechanical Engineering students are not eligible to take ME EN courses, but may take required prerequisites or other non-ME EN courses.
Students must be accepted to Intermediate Status in order to take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2500 and 2660. Placement into MATH 1210 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status.
U of U freshman admits will be accepted to Intermediate Status upon admission to the Mechanical Engineering program. U of U transfer admits will also be accepted to Intermediate Status upon admission to the program if they have not yet completed all of the following courses: ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300; MATH 1210, 1220; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210.
Students must apply and be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take ME EN 2510 and upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework. Acceptance to Full Major Status is based on completion of the courses listed below with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and no individual grade below a C-. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses may be repeated only once, and the second grade will replace the first grade.
Courses Required for Full Major Status
|Course #’s||Course Names|
|MATH 1210 and 1220||Calculus I and II|
|PHYS 2210||Physics for Engineers I|
|CHEM 1210 and 1215||General Chemistry and Lab|
|ME EN 1000 and 1010||Introduction to Robotic Systems Design I and II|
|ME EN 1300||Statics and Strength of Materials|
Applications are due by October 1 to be considered for Full Major Status for the following spring semester. Students who submit applications after this date will be considered for Full Major Status only if space is available. Students will be notified of status decisions by November 1.
A student who is ineligible for Full Major Status because his/her technical GPA is below 2.7 may remain in Intermediate Status, repeating courses to improve GPA. A student who fails to earn a C- or better in any of the courses listed above after two attempts will lose Intermediate Status and will not be allowed to continue in the Mechanical Engineering program.
Transfer students who have completed all of the above-listed coursework will be evaluated for Full Major Status as part of the transfer admissions process. All other transfer students will apply for Full Major Status in the fall semester following the completion of these courses.
A very small number of highly qualified incoming freshmen will be directly admitted to Full Major Status. Such admission is based on academic excellence in high school. A student wishing to be considered for Direct Admission should indicate this on his/her application for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.
Minimum Requirements for Incoming Freshman
The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is rigorous and challenging, preparing graduates for a variety of rewarding and meaningful careers. To be adequately prepared for the program, the following high school coursework should be completed:
- Calculus (strongly recommended)*
- Physics (one year, including laboratory work)
- Chemistry (one year, including laboratory work)
Beyond these core requirements, high school students are encouraged to take:
- Biology (one year, including laboratory work)
- Mechanical drawing/drafting
- Computer courses
- Foreign language courses
*ME EN 1000, taken in the fall of the first year of the ME program, requires MATH 1210 Calculus I as a co-requisite. Therefore, students wishing to complete the ME program in four years must be eligible to take Calculus I.